A Spirit of Excellence

Excellence in all Things

Here at GCM we value excellence in all things. Whether it’s through our media and creative pursuits, our mercy ministry and relief opportunities, or our disciple making and team building on the ground we seek excellence at every stage. This comes only by the power of the Spirit. On our own we would never have the creativity, discernment, wisdom, and motivation to accomplish each exploit. By relying on the Holy Spirit we execute each task set before us to the best of our ability. In fact, one of our vision statements explains that we always bring our best through the power of the Spirit. To be set apart with integrity honors God and inspires people.

Please God

There is no question that this excellence pleases God. Biblically we see countless examples of those who lived this message out, from the artists contributing to the Tabernacle to Daniel catching the eye of the King for his excellent stewardship. In addition, there are countless calls to this that we see throughout Scripture. Colossians 3:23 says that whatever we do we must work heartily as for the Lord and not for men.

If we are first and foremost working for God don’t we then want to produce the best work we are possibly capable of- be it a tangible work or a labor of energy, creativity or love? Proverbs is a book full of pushing us towards bringing our best work and warnings for those who don’t. Ephesians also spurs us on to render service with a goodwill as unto God and not to men. Clearly, excellence is both pleasing to and required by God.

Inspire Others

Additionally, we know that bringing our best with integrity inspires people. When we see others giving their best efforts unto the Lord it inspires us to do the same. When those in ministry and missions work give themselves wholeheartedly, withholding nothing we are forced to confront our own half hearted effort. We believe at GCM that by fully committing with integrity and excellence to each exploit the Lord gives us those who witness it will be inspired and encouraged to give either best as well. This results in an encouragement to the whole body of Christ worldwide to give their best to the individual work to which God has called them.

For His Glory

At GCM we value excellence for one reason- God does. Far be it from us to do what God has called us to do with any less than what He has put inside of each of us powerfully to will and to work for His glory. We believe that when we bring our best we make room for the Holy Spirit to make our highest efforts more than we ever could have made them ourselves.

May it never be said of us, or of you, what was said of King Amaziah in 2 Chronicles: He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, but not wholeheartedly. He followed the rules and checked all the boxes but his heart wasn’t in it. May we always be a people who give God our wholehearted effort at every turn, for His glory. 

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We believe the Scriptures, both the Old and New Testaments, are inspired by God and are the revelation of God to man, the infallible, authoritative rule of faith and conduct. (2 Timothy 3:15-17, 1 Peter 1:21)

We believe that there is one God, eternally existent who has revealed Himself as embodying the principles of relationship and association as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (Deuteronomy 6:4, Luke 3:22)

We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father where He intercedes for us, in His present rule as Head of the Church, and in His personal return in power and glory. (Matthew 1:23, Luke 1:31)

We believe in the creation of mankind in God’s image, and the fall of man, resulting in universal guilt and total depravity; and the necessity, therefore, of redemption and restoration; that all men and women are lost spiritually and face the judgment of God, that Jesus Christ is the only way of salvation, and that repentance of sin and faith in Jesus Christ is necessary for regeneration by the Holy Spirit. (Genesis 1:26-27, Genesis 2:17)

We believe salvation is received through repentance toward God and faith toward the Lord Jesus Christ. By the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, being justified by grace through faith, man becomes an heir of God, according to the hope of eternal life. (Luke 24:47, John 3:3)

We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; the saved unto the resurrection of eternal life in the presence of our Lord, and the lost unto the resurrection of damnation and eternal punishment. (Matthew 25:46, Mark 9:43-48)

We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ and that all true believers are members of His body, the Church, which has the duty to preach the Gospel to every person. (Ephesians 1:22-23, Ephesians 2:22)

We believe that we must dedicate ourselves to prayer, to the service of our Lord, to His authority over our lives, and to the ministry of teaching, preaching, the prophetic, the apostolic, and evangelism. (Ephesians 4:11-13)

We believe in upholding the ordinances of the church of water baptism and holy communion.

The ordinance of baptism by immersion is commanded by the Scriptures. All who repent and believe in Christ as Savior and Lord are to be baptized. Thus, they declare to the world that they have died with Christ and that they also have been raised with Him to walk in newness of life. (Matthew 28:19, Mark 16:16, Acts 10:47,48, Romans 6:4)

The Lord’s Supper, consisting of the elements—bread and the fruit of the vine—, is the symbol expressing our sharing the divine nature of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Peter 1:4), a memorial of His suffering and death (1 Corinthians 11:26), and a prophecy of His second coming (1 Corinthians 11:26), and is enjoined on all believers “till He comes!”